Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent posts on Trauma

Protesting God

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on October 19, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
Adversity can lead people to atheism or agnosticism. But what if questioning and anger were actually considered a critical component of a close, resilient relationship with God?

Spirit Molecules: Allies for Healing from Trauma

Spirit molecules: Allies for healing from Trauma.

Healing in the Aftermath of Las Vegas

Our brains take in the details of a mass tragedy, and organize them so that we have a sense of understanding and control --unless information, like motive, is missing.
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Recovering from an "Act of Pure Evil"

After the unthinkable happens, how do we get our lives back together?

Don't Lose What You Have to What You Have Lost

By Lucy C Hone Ph.D. on October 16, 2017 in Resilient Grieving
While research shows the benefits of focusing on the good, gratitude is rarely spoken of during bereavement. Time for a change, says Lucy Hone.

"Me Too" and the Limits of Internet Empathy

The "Me Too" campaign on social media highlights the prevalence of misogyny, sexual harassment and assault. But our online engagement may take us farther from resolution.

The Sexual Confessional from Hollywood

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on October 16, 2017 in Minority Report
The Harvey Weinstein sexual scandal is a very public reminder of a very private and shameful experience for victims of sexual abuse/harassment. But this abuse happens everywhere.

Acute American Anxiety (AAA) Disorder: A New Diagnosis?

Serious stress, anxiety, and fear are in the air and seem pervasive in our country and culture with symptoms seemingly getting worse by the day. But we can cope better if we try.

Field Notes: On Witnessing

What are the different ways we tell stories of illness and trauma and why does it matter?

Three Ways to Spot a Sexual Harasser at Work

Do you have a sexual harasser in your workplace? Be attune for traits indicating narcissism, overperception of sexual interest, and objectification or dehumanization of women.

Sexual Harassment Victims Suffer in Silence: Here´s Why

Silence is not golden. Sexual harassment is an invisible epidemic that takes an emotional, physical, and financial toll on its victims--particularly in the workplace.

When Someone You Love Becomes an Addict

With addiction, love isn't enough. Here's how to get help.
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Are Past Relationships Putting a Damper on Your Current One?

By Vijayeta Sinh Ph.D. on October 11, 2017 in Life in Balance
Don't drag past relationships with you. Trying to understand them will help you move forward.

Invest in Research to Understand Gun Violence

We must invest in research about gun violence to answer key questions. What motivates people to acquire guns? What groups and subgroups are at greater risk of being victimized?

People Can Become Resilient After Disasters

By Rita Watson MPH on October 09, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Researchers are studying post-traumatic growth; that is looking at positive change despite one experiencing a major life crisis or a traumatic event.

#VegasStrong

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Naked Truth
What goes on in the mind of a mass shooter? In the mind of the shooter, there is a justification for killing. And it is based in lies.

3 Key Parenting Tips when Children See Horrific Events on TV

By Kevin D. Arnold Ph.D., ABPP on October 07, 2017 in The Older Dad
Are your children anxious from the media coverage of horrific events? Here are tips to identify their anxiety and help them cope with their fears.

The Aftermath of Abuse: An Intimate Conversation

What are the long-term effects of intimate partner violence?
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The Las Vegas Massacre

By Ellen Kirschman Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Cop Doc
Another tragedy affects us all, including police officers.

Nature Versus Nurture: Where We Are in 2017

A lot has changed in our understanding of the timeless nature-nurture debate. Find out where we are now.

What Makes PTSD From Mass Killings and War Stand Out?

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 05, 2017 in ExperiMentations
New research shows how chronic trauma affects civilian populations.

Equanimity: A Practice for Troubled Times

Can the practice of equanimity help us weather the storms of life?

Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Tragic Events

Conversations about tragic events are challenging. How parents respond impacts teens' future resilience.

The Numbers Don't Lie

By John-Manuel Andriote on October 04, 2017 in Stonewall Strong
Think all gay men are drug-addled, sex-crazed, risk-taking hedonists? Think again this LGBT History Month.

Say Something, I’m Giving Up On You

By Sara Gluck, PhD, LCSW on October 04, 2017 in Do Your Own Think
If you love someone who has survived the burning flames of physical or emotional abuse, he or she may need your help in order to learn how to trust again.

How to Heal from Unspeakable Terror

The latest neuroscience research suggests we can help people heal from trauma's emotional scars.

Pushing Forward by Not Living in Fear After a Violent Attack

How do we, as humans, process fear after a violent attack while overcoming the obstacles of terror and loss through the power of resilience and compassion?
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Growing Up Too Fast? Early Adversity Affects Fear Responses

By Rebecca Compton Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Adopting Reason
The development of brain systems for detecting threats is affected in complex ways by early experiences of deprivation and neglect.

Tragedy in Las Vegas: Strategies for Psychological Healing

By Elyssa Barbash Ph.D. on October 03, 2017 in Trauma and Hope
Strategies for psychologically processing and helping others through this difficult time.

7 Steps To Go From Dysregulated Emotions To Clear Thinking

By Grant H. Brenner M.D. on October 03, 2017 in ExperiMentations
When distressing experience triggers emotional instability, it can be challenging to get back on track. The TARGET model provides a seven step approach to use when overwhelmed.